Floyd Teter on what it takes to be an Oracle ACE
PROFIT: What's your experience with Oracle Applications?
TETER: Although I've worked with Oracle databases since version 5.0, my first hands-on experience in Oracle Applications was relatively recent: Oracle E-Business Suite 10.6 in 1997. In terms of the applications, my expertise is mostly functional in nature and focuses on Oracle Projects, Oracle Financials, and Oracle Discrete Manufacturing. I'm also pretty knowledgeable about the applications technology stack. I've found that you can't succeed as a functional applications expert if you don't understand the database and the middleware. Over the years, I've also experienced success as a project manager. My specialty here is with small project teams working under tight deadlines. Six people working long days in a single conference room, living on soda and pizza: that's my twisted idea of professional Nirvana.
PROFIT: What motivates you at work?
TETER: The feeling of appreciation from my customers when I deliver what they need or solve a crucial problem for them. Plus the job pays for all my fancy BBQ gear!
PROFIT: What has been the most exciting development you've witnessed at Oracle, and what's on the horizon?
TETER: The most exciting things I've witnessed are the development of Oracle Fusion Middleware; the embracing of industry standards; and the emphasis Oracle places on integration across applications, particularly best-of-breed applications. On the horizon, the most exciting thing is Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite, because it will enable functional business systems analysts to literally map business processes to Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) code.
PROFIT: What do you like most about working with Oracle Applications?
TETER: For me, the most exciting thing about working with Oracle Applications is to look at our work and know that business applications actually contributed to the exploration of the universe. When we look at the Mars Rover or pictures from Cassini, our teams know that our work with the applications was part of making those wonders happen.
PROFIT: How can you identify an Oracle ACE?
TETER: The easiest way is through Oracle Technology Network's "Find an Oracle ACE" search engine [at oracle.com/technology/community/oracle_ace]. "Find an Oracle ACE" supports searching for an Oracle ACE by name, company, location, or area of expertise.
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Floyd Teter Employment:
Systems engineer for Institutional Business Systems, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California. JPL is a federally funded research and development center, managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology, that specializes in robotic exploration of the universe around us.
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